Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
What We Love
- Within walking distance of most of Chicago’s major landmarks
- Jamaican fare and reggae beats at Mr. Brown's Lounge
- You’ll never be bored with 24/7 music on the hotel speakers and rock memorabilia on every wall
- Borrow a free Fender guitar from the hotel and live out your own rock star fantasy
- Retro comfort fare courtesy of celeb chef Kerry Simon at Chuck's
What To Know
- The property opened in 2004; guestrooms were renovated in June 2011
- The lively atmosphere is fun for couples and friends
- Pet owners take note: Fido is welcome, for $25, provided he weighs less than 40 pounds
- Free WiFi in the lobby, but there’s a charge to get it in your room
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- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed in a historic 40-story Art Deco building only a few blocks off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Hard Rock Hotel is a magnet for fun-seeking young couples, girlfriend getaways and buddy trips — anyone looking for an entertaining stay. The understated contemporary lobby hints at the vibe upstairs. The guestrooms are designed in soothing tones with modern furniture — a leather reading chair and a sleek wooden desk, perhaps — and kind, atmospheric lighting.
Bed & Bath
In each of the hotel’s 381 spacious and hip suites sits an iHome docking station with a ZVOX surround sound system, perfect for jamming to a trip playlist. The hotel has partnered with Fender, so guests can borrow a free guitar during their stay. If you’re no Keith Richards, guitar lessons stream on the room’s 40-inch flat-screen TV. And don’t worry about the noise — yours or your neighbors’ — as the amplifiers come with headphones. The bathrooms are chic and minimal, with walk-in glass-door showers as well as tubs.
Celeb chef and Chicago native Kerry Simon teamed up with the hotel to create Chuck’s restaurant. The Iron Chef has cooked up a menu of indulgent bar bites like short rib waffle fry nachos and truffle-boursin mac and cheese along with retro comfort fare like pork chops with maple cider glaze and Mama Simons meatloaf with seasonal succotash. For Jamaican fare (think jerk chicken, fried plantains and oxtail) in a relaxed dining room setting, head to Mr. Brown’s Lounge, where Rasta art and famed reggae records hang on the walls.
In the Area
Rent a bike (or a Segway) and roll through the lakefront, past the Chicago River, across the Navy Pier and around some of the city’s famed neighborhoods. Now that Chicago has its very own Michelin guide, eat at some of the city’s starred restaurants. Within walking distance or a quick cab ride: Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo; Carrie Nahabedian’s Naha; and Andrew Zimmerman’s Sepia. Take a break from the music and stroll through Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Warhol, Koons, Calder and others are part of the permanent collection of modern visual art.
How to Get There
This is a unique and interesting space, and not unreasonably priced for downtown Chicago. We had a great time and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fun stay. Convenient, comfortable, and different.
The sound of traffic was super loud, even on the 10th floor (!!) but otherwise it was a great stay! It's one of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago, which is saying a lot. It was a treat to stay here.
This hotel is so centrally located to much of the activities we participated in - loved hearing about the hotel design and all history behind Chicago's architecture! The food was great as was the weather. Can't wait to return!